Rodney Godwin's

1949 Chevy 3600 1-Ton

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29 May 2006 -- Happy Memorial Day. Let us all remember those who have gone before ...
# 1540

From Rodney :

           Hello. I have been building a 1949 1-ton truck for the last two years. I bought the 3600 1949 Chevy 5-window with the intentions of building a custom dually out of it. It didnít take me long to figure out that the chassis just wasnít very strong. I purchased a pretty good 1980 model cab and chassis, Chevy with a 4-speed 350 and pulled the cab and everything else off it that I didnít want.

           I have put nothing but new parts on the project so far. I built the cab and running board mounts for the '49 cab and installed it. I built a custom core support to allow more radiator clearance and to also give me a positive core mount in the front. Cut almost 2 inches out of the front wheel wells to give more tire clearance.

           I put a new GM performance Vortec 350-350 hp engine in the truck. I changed the ring and pinion from 4:10 to 3:73. I am currently running a late model 4-speed but will soon put an nv4500 5-speed in.

           The truck has a chrome-tilt Ididit steering column, dolphin gauges, ceramic chrome headers and a serpentine belt drive with GM air conditioning. I have just installed drop spindles and rear shackles. The truck is almost completely new from front to back -- I guess it will be before I am through! I built the fuel tank between the rails. When I build the bed, it will go right over it. The tank is 36 gallons. Still isnít pretty, but it will be soon if I donít burn out first Ö. ha..ha .. not a chance!

Rodney Godwin
"49 custom dually"
Bolter # 11243
Athens, Texas

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